BOISE — The driver who started a fatal four-vehicle crash in Twin Falls has been charged in Ada County with one count of battery against health care workers.
Court documents say Cedric Mitchell, 34, pushed a security guard at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center on June 9, causing the guard “to strike his head, back and/or elbow on the ground.”
Mitchell was flown to Saint Alphonsus after the June 7 crash. En route from Twin Falls to Boise, the air ambulance was forced to make a precautionary landing to perform an intervention, according to Blaine Patterson, director of Air St. Luke’s, due to Mitchell’s behavior.
Friday’s crash killed Maryann Steiner, 60. As of Tuesday afternoon, Dwayne Steiner, 59, remained in critical condition at Saint Alphonsus from the crash.
The Steiners were in a 1997 Dodge 1500 on Heyburn Avenue at Blue Lakes Boulevard North when they were hit from behind by a 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 driven by Mitchell, 34, of Twin Falls.
The crash pushed the Steiners’ pickup into the intersection, where it hit a 2016 Nissan Frontier, Idaho State Police said. All three vehicles then collided with a 2005 Ford Mustang. The driver of the Nissan, Arturo Leon Avila, 58, his passenger Lilia Leon-Vega, 51, and one of two youths in the car, all of Twin Falls, were taken to St. Luke’s on Friday evening but were released by Monday, a hospital spokesperson said.
Mitchell was arrested Sunday by Boise police and arraigned Monday when a judge set his bail at $5,000. He remained in custody at the Ada County Jail Tuesday morning.
A preliminary hearing for the case is set for June 18.
Mitchell has not been charged in Friday’s crash, but his record shows he has faced multiple vehicle-related charges in the past six years, including failure to provide proof of insurance, driving without privileges, failure to register a vehicle, and driving with a suspended or invalid license.
Idaho State Police said Tuesday the crash remains under investigation and further charges against Mitchell may come later.